7 Creative Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

by 04/19/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids, how-to

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Hugdoll: A Snuggly Seatbelt Positioner That Promotes Your Child's Safety

by 04/19/14   filed under: green kids, kid friendly

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Long gone are the days when we would ride backwards facing the rear window without wearing seatbelts in the back of the family station wagon — thankfully! But, since most seatbelts are designed for adults, the strap’s position can be awkward or uncomfortable for little ones in booster seats or regular car seats. The Hugdoll, winner of the 2014 iF product design award, actually helps kids stay safe: simply insert the seatbelt strap through the Hugdoll and adjust so that the strap crosses your child’s shoulder instead of his neck or face. Available in three colors (a blue bear, a yellow lamb, and a red fox), the Hugdoll will make kids thrilled to get strapped into the car and hang out with their new friend. Created by KIDU, a design group that focuses on children’s safety products, this seatbelt adjuster looks sweet and comfy enough that it may even lure older kids to cuddle up for naps on long car rides. Yes, we dare to dream.

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HOW TO: Dye Easter Eggs Naturally with Your Kids

by 04/18/14   filed under: eco toddler, green family, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids, how-to

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Fussy Babies and Toddlers Get More TV Time: Does This Spell Trouble Later On?

by 04/18/14   filed under: eco toddler, kids entertainment, news, parenting

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It’s probably not surprising that a new study supports the idea that fussy infants and toddlers watch more television. What parent hasn’t been tempted to turn on the tube when they’ve exhausted all other forms of unplugged entertainment and/or nothing makes their child stop fussing other than an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse? What is more interesting was that the researchers actually acknowledged the “chicken or the egg” aspect of this issue: are these kids fussy because they are watching too much television or are they watching higher than average amounts of television because parents are at their wit’s end for finding ways to help them chill out? Researchers also acknowledged how little this likely multi-directional topic has been studied, despite the fact that media usage in children has been extensively covered (and generally discouraged).

Published in Pediatrics, the study looked at the media habits of more than 7,000 children in infancy and early childhood and found that those who had “self-regulation problems” (as identified by a parent) such as difficulty self-soothing or falling asleep, consumed more media. While the amount of extra media watched doesn’t seem that extreme (about 9 extra minutes a day), researchers caution that using TV as a soothing mechanism can set up bad habits and take kids away from the physical activity, socialization, and active exploration that little brains crave and need to develop.

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7 Egg-Cellent Ways to Upcycle Your Plastic Easter Eggs

by 04/18/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts

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HOW TO: Make Vegan, Organic Marshmallow Peeps for Easter

by 04/17/14   filed under: cooking, food, green family, green kids, how-to, recipe, recipes, vegan cooking

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INTERVIEW: Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Why Plant-based School Lunches are Best for Your Child

by 04/17/14   filed under: food, green education

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As a parent, you do everything you can to make sure your child eats a healthy diet. But, what about when they’re at school? School lunches, packed with issues like pink slime, too many calories, processed meat and pizza categorized as a vegetable (really?) aren’t exactly racking up major health points. As one of the main meals of the day for kids, lunch has a real effect on your child. The proper lunch can enhance learning and development, recharge your kiddo and give him/her healthy energy to face their busy day. A high fat, low-on-veggies, junk food based lunch will do just the opposite. Luckily, if you’re looking for tips about how to help improve school lunches, Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food, has some helpful tips. Read and learn as Hamlin discusses the perks of plant-based school lunches, how kids fare academically with health food in their bodies, how to handle picky eaters, and advice for busy parents who still want to ensure that their kids are eating healthfully while at school.

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RELATED | School in Queens, NY Goes Vegetarian and Students Experience Significant Benefits

6 Community Service Summer Camps that Enable Youth to Change the World

by 04/17/14   filed under: green education, green family, green kids

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Combat Earth Day Greenwashing & Commercialism: 6 Products that Will Really Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Combat Earth Day Greenwashing & Commercialism: 6 Products that Will Really Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Reusable Water Bottles Not only can bottled water for the whole family cost more than gasoline, but all those plastic bottles are trashing the earth. Even though plastic water bottles…

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8 Easy Earth Day Activities for Kids of All Ages

8 Easy Earth Day Activities for Kids of All Ages

1. Have a party! Earth Day is definitely cause for a celebration. Besides, who doesn’t love a party? Serve eco-themed cupcakes, put out some green toys or environmentally-themed…

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TinkerBots Robotic Building Blocks are Like 'Living LEGOs' That Teach Kids About Technology

TinkerBots Robotic Building Blocks are Like 'Living LEGOs' That Teach Kids About Technology

If your kids like robots and LEGO they’re going to love TinkerBots. One-part Lego blocks and one-part Arduino, Tinkerbots is a modular robotics building set made by Kinematics that…

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Monsanto’s Roundup Found in the Breast Milk of U.S. Mothers

Monsanto’s Roundup Found in the Breast Milk of U.S. Mothers

TweetEmailGlyphosate-containing herbicides, which fall under many trademarks such as Monsanto’s ‘Roundup,’ are top selling herbicides in the world and now they…

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More U.S. Moms are Staying Home with Their Kids

More U.S. Moms are Staying Home with Their Kids

TweetEmail Reuters reports that an increasing number of United States moms are staying home with their kids — due mostly to a sluggish U.S. economy and rising…

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New Technology Allows Parents-to-Be to See What Their Baby Might Look Like Before Conception

New Technology Allows Parents-to-Be to See What Their Baby Might Look Like Before Conception

A new service that creates digital embryos by virtually mixing two people’s DNA will soon be giving parents-to-be a sneak peek at their unborn baby, before he/she is even…

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The Newest Wave of Diapers May Be Made From Jellyfish

The Newest Wave of Diapers May Be Made From Jellyfish

TweetEmailDiapers made from jellyfish may be the newest wave of eco-minded baby goods — but is the concept of jellyfish diapers just too bizarre or does it hold water?…

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Compostable Eco Eggs Easter Eggs are Made from Corn

Compostable Eco Eggs Easter Eggs are Made from Corn

This Easter skip those little plastic eggs that are made with non-renewable oil, and try something more eco-friendly. Eco Eggs are made using 100% corn, a very renewable resource, yet…

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HOW TO: Make Kid-Friendly Mini Pita Pizzas

HOW TO: Make Kid-Friendly Mini Pita Pizzas

TweetEmail1. Gather the ingredients pita bread (organic whole-wheat is always better) Toppings: pepper olives zucchini mushroom Fake cheese: a cup of sunflower…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Kind Mama by Alicia Silverstone

BOOK REVIEW: The Kind Mama by Alicia Silverstone

Photo courtesy of Rodale Publishing The Basics Based on the idea that all phases of mamahood (conceiving a baby, being pregnant, having a minimally-interventional birth, and being…

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